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Milton Doyle leads Long Island Nets past Wisconsin Herd

Long Island Nets

After two ordinary games, at least by his recent standards, the high-scoring version of Milton Doyle was back for the Long Island Nets Saturday, scoring 29 points in the Nets affiliate’s 109-105 over the Wisconsin Herd in Oshkosh, WI. The Nets are now 9-5 and boast the fifth best record in the 26-team G-League.

Doyle shot 10-of-23 overall and 3-of-8 from deep, handed out three assists and recorded two steals. Jeremy Senglin, the shooting guard who has played with Doyle in the summer league, training camp and now the G-League, scored 22 points, as did big man Kamari Murphy.

The 6’4” Doyle has had a solid streak over the last three weeks with big games of 32, 30, and 25 points then a bit of a drop-off where he scored only 14 and 15. Saturday’s 29-point performance put his season average back above 20 points per game. More importantly, the young Nets have won five of the six games.

The Nets won the games late with a defense that shut down the Herd, limiting them to 15 points in the final quarter. So good was the “D” that Wisconsin went on a six-minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter.

The Herd trailed 94-82 entering the fourth quarter then opened the period with a 9-3 run to get within six. After a Long Island basket, ex-Net Cliff Alexander scored five straight points and James Young, who Boston took with a Nets pick in 2014, got free for a dunk that cut the Herd’s deficit to 99-98 with 9:08 left to play.

But Wisconsin would not score again until Young’s free throw with 2:59 left. In the meantime, the Nets had extended their lead to 105-99. Young, a 6’7” swingman who’s the G-League’s leading scorer, finished with 26 while Alexander shot 11-of-15 on his way to a 24-point game.